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I said it was before Origin. I talked to EA. They said once X months pass, you lose all rights to install the game and must repurchase the game at full price.

That was it. EA Download Manager.

Well, as I said, I bought my digital version of 2142 in 2007, five years before Origin came around and I've had none of these problems.
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Well, as I said, I bought my digital version of 2142 in 2007, five years before Origin came around and I've had none of these problems.

Did you keep the game installer on disk? His explanation was that the download time period was limited. There is evidence that previous versions of EA Downloader/Link only supported digital downloads for X amount of days. One of our moderators, Pioneerisloud, lost the ability to download games through EA Downloader.

Steam was one of the few that gave unlimited downloads. If you go to Ubisoft/THQ online store today, you will see that they only allow downloads for X amount of days. EA was the same way before.
Edited by Riou - 1/17/12 at 2:58am
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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post

I was wondering if Crysis and Crysis Warhead on Steam still have activation limits; I will be upgrading my computer, and since I've got those two games installed on two more computers, that would make it the 4th installation. I went looking for a de-authorization tool for these games but the official page for it lead nowhere, I'm assuming they removed the activation limits for all versions, not just the Steam versions.
The DRM was never removed. There is no deauthorization tool for Crysis, but there is one for Crysis Warhead. I had it happen to me when I upgraded my PC. I contacted EA and they easily gave me a few more activations (supposedly two from what I know). Just contact EA and give them your product key and they'll probably give you new activations for it.
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Did you keep the game installer on disk? His explanation was that the download time period was limited. There is evidence that previous versions of EA Downloader/Link only supported digital downloads for X amount of days. One of our moderators, Pioneerisloud, lost the ability to download games through EA Downloader.
Steam was one of the few that gave unlimited downloads. If you go to Ubisoft/THQ online store today, you will see that they only allow downloads for X amount of days. EA was the same way before.

This. While I still technically owned that copy of the game, the download was expired. Once that happened, there was no way to acquire the game files without paying for the game again, or going to the Pirate Bay. In my conversations with EA, I gave them my account info to just look and see that I had legit CD keys on my account. I sent them receipt confirmation numbers from my purchases on the EA Downloader. I offered to pay a few bucks to be mailed game disks. They absolutely would not do a thing other then say that I needed to buy the game again at full price. Maybe the policy was different at a different time, but when I had to deal with this, you had a 3-6 month window to download your games, and then you lost them forever.

Even if it's available on Origin now, I wouldn't know any of my old account info. That was years ago and I'v avoided anything from EA since then.
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The DRM was never removed. There is no deauthorization tool for Crysis, but there is one for Crysis Warhead. I had it happen to me when I upgraded my PC. I contacted EA and they easily gave me a few more activations (supposedly two from what I know). Just contact EA and give them your product key and they'll probably give you new activations for it.

I searched for that deauthorization tool for Crysis Warhead, which is the one that returns search results, but it's nowhere to be found - that is the one I'm refering to in my previous post, remembered it now.

So, if I contact EA they will give me more activations for both ?

This is ridiculous. All games sold through Steam should have activation limits disabled, it's against the spirit of Steam.
 
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His explanation was that the download time period was limited. There is evidence that previous versions of EA Downloader/Link only supported digital downloads for X amount of days. One of our moderators, Pioneerisloud, lost the ability to download games through EA Downloader.
This was supposedly true once upon a time, but not for a good while now.

From my own experience when it was EA Download Manager (late 2008 and on), you could download it for a year, or if you payed for it, an extension for two years. It wasn't some short time period like X amount of days, at least not by then. I have heard six months thrown around a lot, so maybe that was it long ago, but the "you can only download it for X number of days or weeks" sounds like a heavily dramatized exaggeration.

When I bought a second copy of Tiberium Wars sometime in late 2008, the time period was apparently still in effect since I recall I was able to buy the optional extension for two years instead of one. I can't reall if the option was still there when I got The Rise of the Witch-king about a year later, but to this day, I still have access to both (as well as all of the Steam games I've added), so from my experience, it seems like sometime between late 2008 and late 2009 (so sometime in 2009 in all likelihood), that started going away.
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I searched for that deauthorization tool for Crysis Warhead, which is the one that returns search results, but it's nowhere to be found - that is the one I'm refering to in my previous post, remembered it now.
So, if I contact EA they will give me more activations for both ?
This is ridiculous. All games sold through Steam should have activation limits disabled, it's against the spirit of Steam.

Here is the EA SecuROM deauth page. Click on the picture of Crysis Warhead. There is none for Crysis so you have to contact EA. You have to do this to every computer you had Crysis Warhead installed on.
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This was supposedly true once upon a time, but not for a good while now.
From my own experience when it was EA Download Manager (late 2008 and on), you could download it for a year, or if you payed for it, an extension for two years. It wasn't some short time period like X amount of days, at least not by then. I have heard six months thrown around a lot, so maybe that was it long ago, but the "you can only download it for X number of days or weeks" sounds like a heavily dramatized exaggeration.
When I bought a second copy of Tiberium Wars sometime in late 2008, the time period was apparently still in effect since I recall I was able to buy the optional extension for two years instead of one. I can't reall if the option was still there when I got The Rise of the Witch-king about a year later, but to this day, I still have access to both (as well as all of the Steam games I've added), so from my experience, it seems like sometime between late 2008 and late 2009 (so sometime in 2009 in all likelihood), that started going away.

X is a variable. X can represent any number of days. Downloads were time limited. There was no exaggeration in my statement.

Another example: Gamestop only allowed downloads for X amount of days before you could not longer download. That may have changed when they purchased Impulse from Stardock.
Edited by Riou - 1/17/12 at 3:33am
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I searched for that deauthorization tool for Crysis Warhead, which is the one that returns search results, but it's nowhere to be found - that is the one I'm refering to in my previous post, remembered it now.
So, if I contact EA they will give me more activations for both ?
This is ridiculous. All games sold through Steam should have activation limits disabled, it's against the spirit of Steam.
I agree about that last part.

For the deauthorization tool, it's here.

http://activate.ea.com/deauthorize/

For Crysis, if you run into issues, yeah, just contact EA and word is, it's routine that they give you more activations. Another friend on another site, as well as someone on the Steam forums, told me this. It took me a while to get around to doing it, but once I did, they were quick and easy to work with.

Edit: Beaten to it on the deauthorization bit (although his link seems to list slightly less titles?).
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I'm sorry, Ubi who? They are still selling games? Who buys that stuff? I thought they were going under, lol.
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This. While I still technically owned that copy of the game, the download was expired. Once that happened, there was no way to acquire the game files without paying for the game again, or going to the Pirate Bay. In my conversations with EA, I gave them my account info to just look and see that I had legit CD keys on my account. I sent them receipt confirmation numbers from my purchases on the EA Downloader. I offered to pay a few bucks to be mailed game disks. They absolutely would not do a thing other then say that I needed to buy the game again at full price. Maybe the policy was different at a different time, but when I had to deal with this, you had a 3-6 month window to download your games, and then you lost them forever.
Even if it's available on Origin now, I wouldn't know any of my old account info. That was years ago and I'v avoided anything from EA since then.

Just so you know, youre not alone. Same thing happened to me with I think it was either BF2 or 2142. From what I remember its back now and you can download it. So they changed that policy at some point. Thats when I started my EA hate.
    
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